Taxi fares go up as costs rise for drivers

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Taxi fares in the borough have gone up, which means a typical daytime two-mile journey has risen by 42p to £6.30.

At night the increase is 56p, so that the same two-mile distance will now set travellers back £9.38. This new rate applies from midnight to 7am, Sundays, bank holidays and between 6pm and midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

A premium tariff that applies on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day has gone up by 84p, which means a two-mile journey would cost £12.60.

Local taxi drivers requested the price rises last year in reaction to rising running costs such as fuel, insurance and MOTs.

The changes, which were consulted on last year, came into force last week after being signed off by Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet in February.

It’s the first rise to the borough’s taxi fares since 2011 but Dacorum’s revised fares still remain cheaper than those in several other Hertfordshire districts.

The charge for the fouling of a vehicle requiring it to be taken out of service to be cleaned has risen from £40 to £55.